Paneer puff step-by-step recipe with photos.
About this recipe
Paneer puffs are crispy, flaky, savoury puff pastries with a flavorful paneer (cottage cheese) filling. These flaky and delicious puffs are a perfect tea-time snack. Back in India, these goodies are one of the most popular tea-time snacks available in almost all bakeries. I loved vegetable puff as a kid, which was nothing but puff pastries filled with a spicy vegetable filling. But these delicious savoury puffs are not available in stores outside India. But what is easily available are ready-to-use frozen puff pastry sheets, and with them, making these paneer puffs are super easy. I have never tried making puff pastry sheets at home. The store-bought ones are simple to use and so flaky and crispy once baked.
Puff pastry sheets: I use store-bought puff pastry sheets to make these paneer puffs.
Paneer: Paneer is fresh Indian cottage cheese. You can either make fresh paneer at home or can use store-bought ones.
Onion and capsicum: They form the base of the filling. You can use other vegetables of your choice - for example, grated carrot.
Spices: I use cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala, and amchur.
Tips for making the best paneer puff
Make sure there is no moisture content on the filling. If there is any moisture content, increase the flame towards the end of cooking, and let it dry.
Let the puff pastry sheets thaw completely before using. It is best to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.
Cut the paneer into small cubes. If they are big chunks, it will be difficult to handle while stuffing them into the puff pastry sheets.
You can alter the spices as per your preferences. For example, if you are making them for kids, you can reduce or skip the chilli powder.
You can bake the paneer puff beforehand and reheat it before serving. Always reheat in a preheated oven or air fryer. Do not put them in a microwave.
- is very easy to make and suitable for beginners
- can be baked beforehand and reheated before serving
- can be made in less than 30 minutes
- is a great party snack
- absolutely loved by the kids
Crispy, flaky texture with delicious filling is definitely a party pleaser. Prepare these delicious golden treats at home for a perfect tea time snack.
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Step by step instructions
1. Chop onion and capsicum (I have used a mix of red, green and yellow)
2. Fry onion and capsicum along with spices
3. Add paneer and mix gently
4. Stuffing for the puff ready
5. Cut puff pastry sheets into 4 squares
6. Add prepared filling on each square and seal the edges
7. Apply milk wash using a brush
8. Bake until the puffs are golden and crispy
- 3 puff pastry sheets
- 200 grams paneer
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1 cup capsicum finely chopped (I have used a mix of green, yellow and red)
- 2 tablespoon oil
- ½ teaspoon cumin powder
- ½ teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder or as per taste
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon amchur
- Salt to taste
- A few coriander leaves for garnish
- Thaw the puff pastry sheets as per the packet instructions
- Cut the paneer into small cubes and set aside
- In a frying pan, heat oil and add onions. Fry till they are translucent
- Add the capsicum, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, and red chilli powder. Saute for 1-2 minutes
- Add paneer cubes, garam masala, amchur, and mix gently. Take care not to break the paneer pieces
- Saute for 1-2 minutes and turn off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves
- Preheat oven at 220 C or 430 F
- Cut the puff pastry sheet into 4 squares
- Fill 1-2 tablespoon of the filling in each sheet. Apply water on the edges and seal it completely
- Gently press the ends with a fork. Repeat with the remaining sheets
- Place the puff on a baking tray. Brush the top of the puff with milk
- Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the puffs are golden
- Serve hot